Take a Digital Detox Retreat
A new weeklong event called Restival combines the personal growth of a spiritual retreat with the communal spirit of a festival. United Kingdom-based organizer Caroline Jones designed Restival as a digital detox where attendees can “kick back, rest, meet new people and rediscover your creativity.” Its launch in Morocco’s desert in November offered yoga, dance, meditation, and art and writing workshops. Evenings were spent at the campfire with storytelling and astronomy. Future Restivals are coming to the U.K. in May, the U.S. in July and Morocco in November. Prices are TBD, but the last Restival cost $2,300 per person. http://restival.global.
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In Tanzania, book a room at the soon-to-be-loftiest lodgings in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area when The Highlands lodge opens in March. Luxury safari-camp operator Asilia Africa will position the compound at an elevation of 8,900 feet. Its eight domed tents have en suite baths, floor-to-ceiling windows and wood stoves. Programming will include drives down to the crater to see the herds of animals that make Tanzania a bucket-list highlight, as well as more local interaction with Maasai villages and artists near The Highlands. Rooms from $625 per person, including meals and excursions. 011-27-21-418-0468, http://highlandsngorongoro.asiliaafrica.com.
Get Tickets to the Rio Games
Could the International Olympic Committee have picked a better party place to hold its quadrennial meet than Rio de Janeiro? Spectators and athletes will flood the Brazilian city for the Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 5-21, for sports by day, samba by night. Tour operator Roadtrips is offering weeklong packages that include accommodations at luxury hotels, event tickets, city tours and access to a VIP lounge. The company specializes in big-ticket sporting events, including the 2016 Super Bowl in San Francisco in February. Olympic trips start at $5,975 per person and can be customized. 800-465-1765, www.roadtrips.com.
Learn to Cook in Paris
After a three-year closure to upgrade the opulent 1898 landmark, down to the heating and wiring, the storied Ritz Paris will reopen this winter. In addition to 142 rooms, the Ritz will feature a new skin-care spa from Chanel, a new bistro, and a new chef, Nicolas Sale, at the signature restaurant L’Espadon. Its cooking school, Ecole Ritz Escoffier, will also expand, with a third kitchen and offerings ranging from a kids’ class to professional certifications. Reservations are being accepted for mid-March, though it may open sooner. Rooms from 900 euros. 011-33-1-43-16-30-30, www.ritzparis.com.
Celebrate the National Park Centennial
In 2016, the National Park Service will turn 100 in a year of celebratory events. Mark it by signing on to sail through one or two. The small-ship cruise agency AdventureSmith Explorations has compiled a series of intimate departures that float seafront parks. Options range from eight days exploring Olympic National Park in Washington as well as the San Juan Islands on a 60-guest ship carrying kayaks, to sailings in Alaska in Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords national parks. Trips start at $1,795 per person. 800-728-2875, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.
Play the Rat Pack Way
This summer, put your money on the most anticipated opening in the West, the legendary Cal Neva Resort & Casino, located on the California-Nevada state line on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Once owned by Frank Sinatra, the retro lodge is undergoing a considerable upgrade to include a 10-story, 191-room hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows framing lake views. The ring-shaped Circle Bar will be back, along with a showroom, casino, two restaurants and the famous Indian Room, featuring the state line in gold and silver stripes splitting the granite fireplace. Rates start around $350. www.calnevaresort.com.